Articles: Press Release
Missy Ransehousen to Hold Clinic for Riders With Disabilities
During Dressage at Journey’s End Competition
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kingston, RI—April 2, 2002—U.S. Equestrian Team veteran Missy Ransehousen
will share her expertise with qualified riders with disabilities during the
Dressage at Journey’s End competition in Unionville, PA, July 6-8.
Ransehousen, a three-day event rider who won a team Silver Medal and placed
fifth individually at the 1995 Pan American Games in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, served as the U.S. Chef d’Equipe at the 2000 Paralympic Games in
Sydney, Australia. During Dressage at Journey’s End, she will offer
coaching assistance for riders competing in the USA Equestrian-rated show.
In addition, Ransehousen will hold a clinic the day after the competition.
In addition to traditional classes for able-bodied riders, the dressage show
will offer a division for riders with disabilities under the auspices of the
International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (IPEC). There is a growing
trend for horse shows to offer divisions for both able-bodied and disabled
riders, said Denise Avolio, National Disability Sports Alliance Equestrian
“We are moving away from our qualifying classes being at therapeutic riding
centers and getting more USA Equestrian-rated shows to offer the tests,”
The disabled division at Journey’s End is open to riders Grade I-IV. Tests
are designed to challenge the rider at the highest level in which he or she
can physically compete, not necessarily the highest level of training for
the horse. Most of the disabled riders usually compete on borrowed horses
because they often do not have the funds to ship their horses great
distances to dressage competitions.
“We offer riders the clinic attached to the competition because many riders
do not have the opportunity to have this level of coaching at home,” said
Avolio. “Because the riders are so far apart, they must all travel to train
with national team coaches like Missy. Combining a competition and clinic at
one location is a money-saving and time-saving opportunity for them.”
The National Disability Sports Alliance is the national governing body for
equestrian sport for riders with disabilities. NDSA is responsible for the
development and selection of riders for national championship and
international competitions, including the Paralympic Games, and provides
training, competition and advocacy for riders with physical disabilities.
Please visit www.ndsaequestrian.org for more
information about NDSA.
A limited number of horses is available for use at the show and clinic.
Stabling will be provided at Blue Hill Farm in Unionville, PA. For more
information, please contact Denise Avolio, (914) 949-8166 or